Warning: In order for me to talk about this, I have to talk about the end of “Age of Ultron”. It’s not a huge story spoiler, but it was meant to be a reveal to the audience. If you haven’t seen the film, this wont ruin it for you, but it may take out some of the impact of the last scene.
So, at the end of “Age of Ultron” the original Avengers Team breaks up. Bruce Banner is in hiding, Tony quits the team, and from the looks of things Thor is going to be too busy in Asgard to continue the partnership (but I may be wrong on this). In the last scene of the movie we meet our new team:
Steve Rogers/ Captain America (Chris Evans)
This Team switch has managed to address a major issue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Diversity. While I am sad to see Robert Downy Jr. and Mark Ruffalo leave, I think this is a welcome change. So, what’s the issue? In short, “Civil War”. While i’m sure the movie will be on par with the rest of the MCU so far, I’m worried about that the film may undermine this step towards better representation.
For those who are unaware, the story of “Civil War” will revolve around this new team of Avengers getting a lot of people hurt while on a job. This causes The government to try an regulate the Avengers, telling them when they can and cannot intervene. This course of action doesn’t sit well with everyone on the team and soon in fighting breaks out. At the same time a new villain comes into the fold, and the Avengers have to deal with them too.
While i’m not too sure just how much this will barrow from the 2006/2007 comic arch of the same name, my major concerns revolve around what this can mean for the new team. This is all speculation as of right now, but this is just what’s been on my mind.
The first thing that’s on my mind: why now? In both Avengers movies the team Manages to save as many people as they could and keep the battle as contained as possible. But now with the team is showing more diversity, they go the “we can’t save everyone” rout. Now, i’m sure this was planed before they made the decision to switch the team around, so I can’t be too mad about this one, but it is something that made me stop and think.
The bigger issue is, what will this mean for the team? In the comic the superheros are split pretty evenly among those who agree and disagree with the proposed actions. And if I remember correctly, a lot of heroes died in that arch. So we could potentially be seeing half the team leave in there first outing, or get killed. If the movie goes this rout that means that the diversity so many of us had wanted, and seems to have gotten, could be gone just as soon as it came.
“Captain America: Civil War” comes out next year, so we have some time to wait before we get any idea if these fears are rational or not, but as for now, i’m just going to sit here, rocking back and forth chanting “please don’t screw this up” to my self nonstop.